Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Hearing Aids protect against Dementia

Image result for hearing aidsATR doesn't support this survey much, 4,000 out of 9 million is hardly conclusive and the fact it came from a commercial site selling hearing aids is suspect too.   We stand corrected, but if you are profound deaf then, you don't wear or can utilise an aid can you?  I blame the fact everyone is claiming to be deaf now, mostly to get help with hearing loss.  Personally, we deplore relentless assaults on our issue claiming utter negativity and potentially serious health issues as well, lighten up!  They use the same argument/research to undermine born deaf too and add poor mental health to the mix... 'We are all doomed' is hardly a help...

A study of more than 4,000 hearing-impaired people found those who wore the amplifiers performed better on memory and attention tests.

Hearing loss has previously been linked to a decline in ‘brain function, memory and an increased risk of dementia’, the UK researchers claim. Being deaf is ‘socially isolating’, however, hearing aids help sufferers ‘experience sensory interactions’, an expert said.

This may enable hearing-impaired people to stay ‘engaged’, which could keep their brains sharp.  The study was carried out by the University of Exeter and King’s College London. It was led by Dr Anne Corbett, senior lecturer in dementia research at the Exeter.  ‘Previous research has shown hearing loss is linked to a loss of brain function, memory and an increased risk of dementia,’ Dr Corbett said. 

‘Our work is one of the largest studies to look at the impact of wearing a hearing aid, and suggests that wearing a hearing aid could actually protect the brain.’ Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK, Alzheimer’s Society statistics show.

And in the US, 5.7 million people live with the disease, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.   Mild hearing loss occurs naturally with age, however, it is also associated with cognitive decline, the researchers wrote.

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